Rosslay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rosslay family lived in Shropshire
, at Rossall Manor
, from whence their name is derived. Another derivation places the origin of the name at Rossall Point
, a headland in Lancashire
, just north of Shropshire
. It is difficult to say which of these preceded the other, due to inadequate records of the time. However, due to the relatively close proximity of the two counties, it is quite likely that the two origins are connected in a way lost to the historical record.
Early Origins of the Rosslay family
The surname Rosslay was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Rossall, originally named Rosela. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings were known as the Isle of Rossall, held by the Church of St. Chad. A junior branch of this name gave its name to Rossall in Lancashire
which was also included in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
but on which the records are now lost.
Early History of the Rosslay family
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Rosslay Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Rossal, Rossall, Rossale, Rosal, Rosall, Rosale and many more.
Early Notables of the Rosslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rosslay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rosslay or a variant listed above: Thomas Rassall, who settled in Maryland in 1739; and Richard Rossall, who applied for naturalization in New York in 1856.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)